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corrupt boot partition

  1. #1


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    corrupt boot partition


    hi,

    I have a dell alienware 14 running windows 8 which wont boot

    im getting no boot device found. have checked bios and its in legacy mode, ata, hard drive top of list of boot options.

    shift-f8 should bring up recovery but isn't

    have put in a windows 8 disk and tried automatic repair (couldn't repair, try other options) ,refresh (the drive where windows is installed is locked), system restore (to use system restore you must specify which installation to restore, restart computer etc ) and reset (a required drive partition is missing)

    I have also tried sfc /scannow but this wont run with "windows resource protection could not start the repair service"
    also I tried chkdsk /r but got write protected error msg

    in diskpart I have
    volume 0 d: dvd drive
    volume 1 c: OS
    volume 2 ESP fat32 (this is the efi part right?)
    volume 3 winretools
    volume 4
    volume 5 pbr image
    volume 6 DIAGS

    win8 fix.txt
    the attached file shows what I was going through to try and fix issue but when I get as far as:

    "Exit DiskPart tool by entering exit and at the command prompt run the following:
    cd /d b:\EFI\Microsoft\Boot"

    I get stuck, I tried changing efi to esp but that doesn't help, both times I get "the system cannot find the path specified"

    any help would be fantastic,

    cheers
    Darren

    EDIT: sorry guys just removed a couple of paragraphs from text file as it was misleading as I haven't done any cloning
    Last edited by dazpearce; 09 May 2015 at 05:35.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 45
    Windows 8.1 Pro/LinuxMint/Mac OS X


    In the text file you said you cloned your boot to a SSD. Here you are naming it B:\ when above you already have a C;\ drive listed. I don't know if windows has to boot from C;\ or not. I am going to look around online and see if you can change boot destination without it being a duelboot. I thought windows always had to but from C:\ unless there is someway to change it.

    I hope someone can give you better insight on this, before to long.

    WAX
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  3. #3


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 640
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    If you boot from D or B or whatever, an OS has to be in that drive-lettered partition. OP must either boot from C, or, if dual-booting, an OS must be present in each of the partition listed in the dual-boot menu.
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    Windows 10
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    hi thanks for replies, followed the link and tried the bcdboot c:\windows command but get failure when attempting to copy boot files message
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  6. #6


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    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by dazpearce View Post
    tried the bcdboot c:\windows command but get failure when attempting to copy boot files message
    If the bcdboot d:\windows command does not work, then...

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
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    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dazpearce View Post
    tried the bcdboot c:\windows command but get failure when attempting to copy boot files message
    If the bcdboot d:\windows command does not work, then...

    How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 if you have an OEM computer with UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8/8.1 product key. -> link
    thanks

    I downloaded 8.1, chose to install on drive 0 partition 5 which had O.S as the name, formatted first, now getting the windows cannot be installed on drive 0 partition 5 gpt partition error msg.
    I can use the 'clean' command in cmd prompt but that will wipe everything, is this my only option?
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    before formatting I also changed "boot list option" to uefi and then tried ata,ahci and raid without luck, strangely if I look in "uefi boot" under boot options there is only the dvd listed in there.it is though listed along with network under "legacy boot" option
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  9. #9


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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    If you formatted your C drive - the info is lost.. You can use your setup media to wipe your HDD and perform a clean install

    You can also gain access to your HDD to see if anything is recoverable by downloading the recovery tools iso in my sig below..

    It is a windowed version of winpe and will allow access to the HDD and a GUI for running commands
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    If you formatted your C drive - the info is lost.. You can use your setup media to wipe your HDD and perform a clean install

    You can also gain access to your HDD to see if anything is recoverable by downloading the recovery tools iso in my sig below..

    It is a windowed version of winpe and will allow access to the HDD and a GUI for running commands
    I removed and backed up the hard drive before I started playing

    well I installed after wiping the hard drive and it has worked, windows is activated and im now updating and reinstalling drivers, thank you all very much for your advise and support
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